“Love can grow in the darkness”
Holly hell! Aly Martinez is an absolute genius with duets. After reading Retrieval and Transfer. I loved it so much I thought, “whoa how is she going top that?” Guest what, she did it again – this duet is stunning guys. Highly emotional and heart pounding with anticipation, my stomach sinks every time the tide turns for the worse and my heart sings for moments of reprieve and happiness. My nerves are shot and I was literally exhausted when the last page was turned.
This book brings out all the feels – some funny parts make me smile, some panty dropping passionate scenes. Mostly though, this story is full of drama and angst — a roller coaster of life’s ups and downs and adversity. What happened here in the plot is not all that uncommon – a kid got caught in the middle of an adult’s immaturity and childish games. I don’t pretend to understand the pain of losing a child. Emotions run high for all parties involved: fear, grief, and guilt, but in the end the innocent child suffers.
Just like the first book – every single character is complicated. Charlotte is an amazing human and mother. She tried to make the best decisions but it’s difficult for her because she has been told she is a shitty parent for so long she believed it. Porter is the most sensible one. God, I love him. He always knows the right thing to say and he is the most mature and level headed out of the bunch. It wrecked me to see Porter hurt, broken-hearted and in pain. Even in the most difficult times he still thinks of Charlotte and is protective of her. He is my HERO. Brady is a total douche character. So many times, I want to punch him in the throat, that MF-er. He seems to be sweet to his wife but the way he treated Charlotte and Potter was just vile and unforgivable. I totally understand where he is coming from. He is angry and wants to blame someone but Christ, it wasn’t Charlotte’s fault. It was no one’s fault but the mental Catherine. Brady loves his son but he’s got a funny way of showing it. I can’t make any excuse for his behavior. Brady sort of redeemed himself at the end a little but in my opinion the damage was done.
This story is a must read. We can all learn a big lesson from this. Nowadays, there are so many broken families and nasty child custody battles – no one suffers more than the innocent children. What adults don’t get is that to the eyes of a child, their parent is always going to be their parent. They don’t divorce their mother or father. The parent is always important to them no matter what everyone else thinks. So, be a “Potter” – put your ugly feelings aside, come together, and do right by them.
“I’d like to spend a lifetime with you. In the darkness. In the light. And everywhere in between. Forever.”
Aly Martinez has out done herself with this book – an extraordinary story of love, loss, grief, survival, hope, forgiveness, and finding the light beyond. No doubt, this story is intense but it’s also a romance – an emotional, passionate one with a happily ever after. Nonetheless, it is a difficult process to get there. Trust me though, it is so worth it!!!! I can’t wait to see what Ms. Aly Martinez comes up with next – such an amazingly talented author – ALWAYS A MUST READ FOR ME!!!
(This duet is currently only available through Amazon)